The World is Bigger

by Jill Chan

It is best not to judge.
Everyone believes in their own version
of reality.
One person's inadequacy
is another's impatience.
Sometimes it is insurmountable
even to know
a name, a country.
Impossible to tell the difference
between a name
and the way we know it.
A country?
Well, we live in the same country
but don't realise it.
The world is bigger
for the ways it disregards
its inhabitants.
The bombs everywhere inside us,
finding reasons
for us to stay
peaceful, alone, stateless.